In line with presidential directive that flags across the nation should be flown at half mast to honour late ex-President Shehu Shagari, flags at the Presidential Villa, Abuja were on Sunday morning lowered.
The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, posted a photo of the flags being lowered.
He tagged the photo: “In Honour of Late President Shehu Shagari, Flags being flown at Half Mast at the Presidential Villa in line with Presidential directives on 30th Dec 2018”
Adesina in a Saturday statement said the directive would take effect from Sunday, to last for three days.
All military, para-military and public buildings are to comply.
Shagari died at the National Hospital, Abuja on Friday at the age of 93.
Extolling Shagari’s virtues, Buhari said, “The late President represented almost the last link with the government of our founding fathers under Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was also the first elected President of Nigeria.
“The late Alhaji Shagari was a man of many parts: teacher, local authority administrator, politician, minister, and finally President. He served his country with dedication and moderation.
“Over the years, through interaction at the Council of State, he and I came to understand and appreciate each other, whatever the differences we may have had in the past.”
Buhari added, “On behalf of the Federal Government, myself and family, I send my condolences to the people of Nigeria, particularly to the late President’s family and the Government and people of Sokoto State. May his soul rest in peace.”
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